One of our clients called us recently with a common enough pet problem.
“How do I keep the cat in the backyard,” the client asked, “she keeps running off on us.”
We get this question a lot about dogs and puppies, not so much with cats though, and it got us thinking.
Cats are ingenious and adept at escaping.
With this in mind, we put our heads together and came up with a few ideas on solving the problem of escaping cats.
The solutions are straight forward when it comes to fencing.
Our tips for choosing the right fence to keep your cat in the backyard include:
- A vinyl privacy fence will keep them in
- A tall wooden fence will do the job too
- The picket fence for the older cat
- Bury it deep
- Some landscaping will help
- Don’t give the cat a helping hand
Let’s take a closer look at each tip.
A vinyl privacy fence will keep them in
Many people are unaware of how good vinyl fencing can be.
It is very durable, while also low on maintenance and it lasts, many, many long years.
A vinyl privacy fence will add security to your backyard and keep your cat in too.
Vinyl is a difficult material for a cat to climb and it doesn’t crack or break under pressure.
If you have a jumper, then make sure the fence is tall enough to keep them in.
A few fails will keep the cat from trying too many times.
Vinyl is light and easy to work with and is ideal for DIYers who like a fencing project.
A tall wooden fence will do the job too
Some of our clients just love wood and will not have anything else on the property.
We can understand why, as wood looks great and adds a traditional touch to the backyard.
A wooden privacy fence will keep the cat from sliding out.
You will need to make it tall too, so they can’t do a run and jump; remember cats have long claws and are excellent climbers.
Use our Fence Armor to prevent the cats from sharpening their nails on the posts and scratching away the surface.
The picket fence for the older cat
The traditional picket fence is as American as apple pie.
It can also keep an older cat at bay, if you have it tall enough.
Choose one which has the pickets close together, so the cat can’t slide out.
We have 3-inch wide pickets, at a spacing of 1.5 inches which should do the job.
A vinyl picket fence is low maintenance and is very durable.
Bury it deep
Regardless of the material you use always remember that cats are good at digging their way out.
When you install the fence lay the privacy panels, or pickets, as close to the ground as possible.
Also put a layer of concrete down about one foot below the surface to stop them from tunneling out.
Vinyl will be the better option here, as you can put the panels very close to the ground and not have trouble with termites and decay.
Some landscaping will help too
A vinyl privacy fence may look at bit bare in the backyard, as will a wooden one.
You can get around the problem with some creative landscaping.
Plant shrubs and flowers; many people build elevated beds, to take away from the feeling of the tall fence looming over the yard.
The landscaping will keep the cat away from the fence and stop them tunneling under or jumping over.
Don’t give the cat a helping hand
Cats are clever and will find ways to get over or under your new fence.
Make sure to keep trees and sheds at a distance, as they can easily climb them and jump over the fence.
Build protective barriers to stop cats tunneling under the fence.
Repair any gaps immediately, as your feline friend will slip through and escape very quickly.